Dec 1, 2022

Big Bold Winter Style


ashion is reminiscing on that decade 50 years ago that brought us Watergate, soaring gas prices and changing social mores.

The over-the-top powerful lines and colors of the ’70s embody this winter’s fashion vibe.

Look for power suits, including retro blazers, three-piece sets, structured shoulders, crisp lapels, vests, classic white button-up blouses and cinched belted waists, said Donna Zampino, whose boutique Embellish relocated from Pace to Gregory Street in downtown Pensacola in 2022.

Tailored shirts with corsets, preppy polo tops, oversized outerwear and maxi skirts and dresses in sheer fabrics are all on point.

To further make a big statement, extra embellishments of sparkles and feathers are popping up on tops and dresses.

In the pants department, you can’t go wrong with high waists, luxe leather, loads of corduroy and frayed slouchy jeans in a medium wash, which are often paired with a white tank.

“Cargo pants are making the comeback,” Zampino noted.

When choosing a hue, think pink and bold or burnt shades of yellow, green and purple. And plaids are on-trend!

Loafers, platform loafers, ballerina slippers and statement boots are on point. And continuing the big, bold theme, look for strong, stand-out jewelry and even permanent jewelry.

Samantha Burke

New Zealand native Samantha Burke loves visual beauty. The former makeup artist is now pursuing photography while working in fashion and modeling.

Her style is varied.

“I really don’t have a certain style. I like to dress however I feel that day. Definitely the overdressed one more than underdressed.”

After several years in New York City, she returned to the town in which she grew up to raise her own daughter, who she calls her “forever sidekick.”

“If I’m not with my 13-year-old daughter, it’s because I’m working,” said Burke.

“I love being in downtown Pensacola. It’s grown so much. I love a good class at Ride Society and a coffee date afterwards,” she said, adding the beach never fails to elevate spirits.

Holidays with her daughter and family always include opening a gift on Christmas Eve and the holiday party poppers that spill out trinkets when opened.

Shopping list: Plaid and blazers are two of the season’s most popular trends. This one in herringbone teams beautifully with mustard corduroy pants by Judy Blue, $62. The black mock turtleneck bodysuit, Mauve & Mallow, $28, will be a workhorse for winter layering.
Photos by Kate Treick Photography

Shopping list: This beautiful boho green floral maxi dress by Flying Monkey, $90, exudes femininity. Add a hat for extra style and sass!

About the Location:

• Jo Rich Beauty, 126 Palafox PI., Pensacola; 850-982-2545;

• Rusted Arrow, 130 Palafox PI., Pensacola; 850-285-0371;

Hair & Makeup:

Makeup by Mark VanBuren,

makeup artist/esthetician at Jo Rich Beauty.

Hair by stylist Amanda Mendoza, Hair & Co.,

1627 W. Garden St., Pensacola; 850-378-8366;

Clothes Compliments of: Embellish Boutique,

7 E. Gregory St., Pensacola; 850-530-6988;

Model Compliments of:

Izon Models & Talent LLC,

301 N. Barcelona St., Suite E, Pensacola; 850-433-2099;